30 May 2011

Three newcomers in Australia netball squad for world champs

5:53 pm on 30 May 2011

Three uncapped players have been included in Australia's netball line-up for their world championship defence in Singapore in July.

Queensland Firebirds goal attack Chelsea Pitman and Adelaide Thunderbirds Erin Bell and Sharni Layton are the uncapped players in the 12-player squad.

Coach Norma Plummer says the trio were impressive in the recent trans-Tasman netball competition which was won by Queensland and also stood out a recent four day training camp.

Sydney Swifts shooter Catherine Cox, has been named vice-captain under Natalie von Bertouch, who took over the captaincy after injured Sharelle McMahon was ruled out.

Notable absentees are Vixens players Renae Hallinan, Bianca Chatfield and Madison Brown with Julie Corletto the only Melbourne player in the squad.